European Commission – Published initiatives #DigitalServices #illegal

The horizontal legal framework for digital services is unchanged since the adoption of the e-Commerce Directive in 2000. The Directive harmonised the basic principles allowing the cross-border provision of services and has been a foundational cornerstone for regulating digital services in the EU.

In addition, several measures taken at EU level address, through both legislative instruments and non-binding ones and voluntary cooperation, targeted issues related to specific illegal or harmful activities conducted online by users’ of digital services and online platforms in particular.

As part of the Digital Services Act package, the Commission will propose new and revised rules to deepen the internal market for digital services and establish a new system for data collection and monitoring, which is expected to have a wide impact in the EU member states.

In particular, for online platforms such as social networks or marketplaces, the new regulation will introduce a common set of responsibilities aimed at ensuring safety from illegal goods, content or services and protecting fundamental rights online.

The European Commission is also conducting consultation activities with respect to the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) as it is closely related to the Digital Services Act.

Type of act: proposal for a regulation

Roadmap feedback period: 02 June 2020 – 30 June 2020

Public consultation feedback period: 02 June 2020 – 08 September 2020

Commission adoption feedback period: 16 December 2020 – 31 March 2021.

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